“To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world” – Mark Cavendish
Bicycles are a quintessential freedom accessible by almost everyone in the world. When you ride a bike you get a chance to experience the world in a raw sense. You feel the air on your skin and the temperature of it all. You can feel the earth through the bike as you glide over the road, the path, the dirt. The movement and balance required to keep going puts you in a state of awareness of living in the moment that we seem to have lost so much these days. The countryside smells of grass, of berries, of wildflowers…you smell the coffee shop on the way by and of course the cars. You start to ponder what life would be like without cars. How sweet it would be.
At some point you might decide to ride hard. Instead of riding for joy and health you might decide you want to ride to find yourself. Riding hard requires focus, such a strong focus that your mind must remove its clutter and remain fixed on the task at hand. This is racing. Your heightened awareness and ambition on the pedals will put you in a trance-like state, the zone. You’re no longer aware of the world around so much as how your body is reacting to the exertion. You persist under your own will and determination against a wall in your mind which you’re sure you cannot go past. Can you go beyond yourself? Can you do something you’ve never done before? Can you reinvent yourself on the bike?
I think you can and I hope that by visiting this site you are encouraged to push hard towards your goals. I hope you discover the bike like I have and that you can make it a part of your own life.